Learning on the Loo – Toilet paper #1: Pulmonary embolism

Here it comes – our first edition of “Learning on the Loo“. A short summary of critical care topics, on one page – put it up in our departments toilet (or at home of course).

Volume 1 is on Pulmonary embolism, based on the 2014 Guides of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

English Version – Pulmonary Embolism EN

German Version – Lungenembolie Deutsch  DE

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Favorite Tool #1 – Rescuetool

One of my most loved tools for working as a prehospital emergency doctor is the Victorinox Rescuetool.

It’s primary use (for me) is cutting clothing, especially in CPR-situations or major trauma / polytrauma.

What I really like about it: It features a very sharp knife, that’s shaped to avoid injury. It is small and can be carried in a pocket or on the belt without being a big nuisance when not used. The overall quality is amazing (swiss made).

Also, I seem to be a lot quicker with cutting (even larger necklaces) than the large rescue scissors like the Robin Safety Boy or the Leatherman Raptor.


The Rescuetool is also a fully features multi tool and can help with minor maintenance.


(Disclaimer: I did not receive any testing units of any of the features products – I just write about what I like when working in the prehospital field.)

[german] Online presentation and hangout – emergency airway management

A video highly recommended for all our german speaking readers – PD Dr. Bernhard from Leipzig is the primary author of the first german prehospital anesthesia guideline. He talks through all aspects of prehospital airway management including some arguments in the age-long discussion between prehospital doctors and paramedics. Also, at the end there is a spirited debate afterwards on topics like a “one size fits all concept” or rocuronium vs succi.

Check it out! (youtube)